NCAAF Game Recap - Temple at Southern Methodist
Sat Oct 19, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Temple (5-2)

0

7

7

7

21

(19) Southern Methodist (7-0)

10

14

7

14

45

Buechele sets career marks as unbeaten SMU tops Temple 45-21
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:51 PM

DALLAS (AP) SMU's improbable season remains perfect thanks to an aerial game that eliminated some of the high anxiety last seen when the Mustangs took the field.

Shane Buechele set career highs with six touchdown passes and 457 passing yards as No. 19 SMU improved to 7-0 with a 45-21 win over Temple on Saturday.

Reggie Roberson Jr. had a career-high 250 receiving yards on eight catches, including touchdowns of 75, 60 and 33 yards. The 33-yard score saw Buechele lead Roberson into the left corner of the end zone in tight coverage. On the two longer connections, Roberson got behind the secondary in the middle of the field with room to spare.

"We thought coming into the game we had some favorable matchups with some of our skill guys, and we had to execute," SMU coach Sonny Dykes said. "Shane obviously made some really great deep throws, and Reggie made some plays."

"Our team does a really good job at taking it week by week and going 1-0," Buechele said. "It's always a goal to win, but to win that week - not just the whole season."

The Mustangs have opened the season with seven straight wins for the first time since 1982, when they were 10-0-0 en route to an 11-0-1 finish. The seven-game winning streak is their longest since winning eight straight during the 1984-85 seasons and matches their win total of the previous two years.

SMU (3-0 American) remains in first place in the West Division. Dykes called it "certainly the most complete game I think we've played up to this point."

SMU enjoyed an off week following its frenetic triple-overtime win over Tulsa at home on Oct. 5 when the Mustangs rallied from a 21-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

Dykes said his team benefitted from the rest and last week put in the best practice week of his two years on the Hilltop.

"Throwing vertical routes is something that we always need extra work at, and we got it," Dykes said. "It also gave us a chance to put a couple new wrinkles in."

The week allowed Roberson to recover from an injury that sidelined him during the Tulsa game.

"When I came back and was ready to practice, I had some great practices," Roberson said.

Buechele, in his first year at SMU after playing the previous three years at Texas, was 30 for 53 passing. He also threw touchdown passes of 10 yards each to James Proche and Kylen Granson and 5 yards to Xavier Jones. Buechele's previous yardage high was 375 as a Longhorn in 2017.

Temple (5-2, 2-1) scored on a 1-yard runs by Ra'Mahn Davis and Anthony Russo and a 25-yard pass from Russo to Branden Mack. The Owls are one game behind first-place Cincinnati in the East.

"There's a lot to fix in all areas," first-year Owls coach Rod Carey said. "The good news is it's correctable. The bad news is it cost us today.

"They caught us in the one-on-ones and took advantage and executed, and we did not."

CRITICAL REVIEW

Temple appeared to pull within 17-14 in the final minute of the first half when Owls cornerback Christian Braswell returned a fumble by SMU receiver Myron Gaillard 75 yards for a touchdown. The officials reviewed the play and ruled that Gailliard's left elbow and arm were down before the ball came loose. Seconds later, SMU scored its third touchdown to take a 24-7 lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

Temple: Facing an undefeated opponent on the road, the Owls made too many mistakes. Dropped passes and one penalty negated multiple first downs. "We certainly had our eyes wrong at times," Carey said.

SMU: The Mustangs went into Saturday ranked 99th in FBS pass defense allowing 259.3 yards per game but held Temple to 204 while continuing to be strong against the run (69 yards).

UP NEXT

Temple: The Owls will try for their ninth straight home win next Saturday against UCF.

SMU: The Mustangs will visit Houston on Thursday night having lost six straight road games to the Cougars. "I go take a shower, go to dinner with a recruit and then start working," Dykes said. "That's the way it goes with a Thursday night game coming up."

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Passing

Temp Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
A. Russo 32 18 56.3 1 171 36 0 81.6
T. Centeio 4 3 75.0 0 33 15 0 99.0
SMU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Green 1 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 39.6
S. Buechele 53 30 56.6 6 457 75 1 115.1

Rushing

Temp Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Davis 16 54 3.4 17 1
J. Gardner 7 17 2.4 7 0
SMU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
X. Jones 29 105 3.6 19 0
D. Green 3 39 13.0 17 0

Receiving

Temp Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Mack 3 65 21.7 26 1
J. Blue 3 50 16.7 36 0
SMU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
R. Roberson Jr. 8 250 31.3 75 3
J. Proche 9 80 8.9 18 1

Fumbles

Temp F FL
I. Wright 2 1

Returning

Temp KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. Wright 2 16.0 0 20 1 -9.0 0 0
T. Williams 3 14.0 0 23 0 - 0 0
SMU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
C. Sanders 2 20.5 0 23 2 -3.0 0 0
J. Proche 0 - 0 0 3 9.3 0 19

Punting

Temp Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Barry 8 370 46.3 56

Takeaways

Temp Int Yds InTD
H. Hand 1 1 0

Team Stats Comparison

Temp SMU
Points For 21 45
Total Yards 273 655
Rushing Yards 69 198
Passing Yards 204 457
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/36 30/54
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 3/1 0/0
First Downs 15 34
Penalties - Yards 7/74 5/45
Time Of Possession 45:45 15:15
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/16 10/21
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 2/4 3/5
Punts - Average Yards 8/46 4/44

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Temp SMU
SMU 3:39 TD Reggie Roberson Jr. 33 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 0 7
SMU 7:14 FG Kevin Robledo 22 yd FG 0 10
2nd Quarter Temp SMU
SMU 7:45 TD Reggie Roberson Jr. 75 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 0 17
Temp 9:46 TD Re'Mahn Davis 1 yd run (Will Mobley kick) 7 17
SMU 14:40 TD James Proche 10 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 7 24
3rd Quarter Temp SMU
Temp 2:22 TD Branden Mack 25 yd pass from Anthony Russo (Will Mobley kick) 14 24
SMU 6:38 TD Kylen Granson 10 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 14 31
4th Quarter Temp SMU
Temp 1:51 TD Anthony Russo 1 yd run (Will Mobley kick) 21 31
SMU 3:06 TD Reggie Roberson Jr. 60 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 21 38
SMU 7:39 TD Xavier Jones 5 yd pass from Shane Buechele (Kevin Robledo kick) 21 45

Game Information

Stadium: Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Attendance: 23,132
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